The ISAF Nations Cup, which was first introduced to the world in 1991, is based on a series of Regional Finals with the top crews meeting at a Grand Final. The aim of the event is to broaden the availability of match racing and provide international match racing competition for national authorities and sailors at reasonable cost, whilst acting as an incentive for national match racing programmes.
Held five times previously, the Nations Cup triggers a pyramid of events, with nations holding club and then national championships to select their teams to attend the Regional Finals, which in turn lead to the Grand Final, where nations are pitted against each other, creating a sound, viable and appealing series of events.
Sheboygan, situated on the western shoreline of Lake Michigan, 150 mile north of Chicago, is the second US venue to host the ISAF Nations Cup Grand Final, following on from San Francisco in 1995. Previous Grand Finals have been held in Porto Alegre, Brazil (2009); Crosshaven, Ireland (2006); Hoorn, The Netherlands (1993); and Barcelona, Spain (1991). The selection of Sheboygan as the Grand Final venue it another major boost for match racing in the USA, with the country also hosting the 2010 ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship at the world-famous New York Yacht Club in Newport, Rhode Island from 20-25 September.
Since the formation of Sail Sheboygan in 2004, Sheboygan has rapidly become a key centre for match racing in the USA. It has hosted the Lake Michigan Match Racing Championships for the past three years and in 2008 became a US Sailing certified center for the advancement and promotion of training in the sport of sailing. Since then the US SAILING Center Sheboygan hosted the first Buddy Melges Challenge, an ISAF Grade 2 women's match racing event, in 2009 and this year Sheboygan will also host the US Women's Match Racing Championship. With its fleet of Elliott 6m keelboats, the equipment selected for the Women's Match Racing event making its debut at the London 2012 Olympic Games, the US SAILING Center Sheboygan has become a popular based for members of the U.S. Sailing Team Alphagraphics (USSTAG) preparing their Olympic campaigns and this January hosted the USSTAG qualifier for the ISAF Sailing World Cup squad.
Conditions on Lake Michigan during September are ideal for match racing, with steady breezes and warm weather. The cool water temperatures of Lake Michigan and the warm September days make for reliable and predictable thermal breezes with average wind speeds in the 5-17 knot range with temperatures around 24°C.
|2011 ISAF Nations Cup Notice of Race||2011 ISAF Nations Cup Notice of Race|
|ISAF Nations Cup 2011 - Bid Information||The Bid Information document for nations wishing to host a Regional of Grand Final of the 2011 ISAF Nations Cup match racing event|
|ISAF Nations Cup 2011 - Event Description and Bidding Info||The Event Description and Bidding Information for the 2011 edition of the ISAF Nations Cup match racing event.|
|ISAF Nations Cup 2011 - Invitation For Bids||The Invitation for Bids for organisers wishing to host a Regional Final or Grand Final of the 2011 ISAF Nations Cup|